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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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Abbreviation  ESCAP
Legal status  Active
Headquarters  Bangkok, Thailand
Formation  1947
Founded  1947
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Type  Primary Organ – Regional Branch
Parent organization  United Nations Economic and Social Council

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP or ESCAP), located in the United Nations Building in Rajadamnern Nok Avenue in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, under the administrative direction of the United Nations headquarters. It was established in 1947 (then as the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, ECAFE) to encourage economic cooperation among its member states. The name was changed to the current in 1974. ESCAP has 53 member States and nine Associate members. As well as countries in Asia and the Pacific, it includes France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.


ESCAP's regional focus is managing globalization through programs in environmentally sustainable development, trade, and human rights. ESCAP is headed by Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan. Following her appointment on 3 February 2014 it was announced that under her leadership, ESCAP will place a greater emphasis on promoting higher, well-balanced and sustainable regional growth that helps eradicate poverty and generates jobs to improve prosperity in the region.


ESCAP works to overcome some of the region's greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member States in the following areas:

  • Macroeconomic Policy and Development
  • Trade and Investment
  • Transport
  • Social Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Statistics
  • Sub-regional activities for development
  • Associate members

  •  American Samoa
  •  Cook Islands
  •  French Polynesia
  •  Guam
  •  Hong Kong, China
  •  Macau, China
  •  New Caledonia
  •  Niue
  •  Northern Mariana Islands
  • Locations

  • United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (headquarters)
  • References

    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Wikipedia